Jason Wu is describing his recent visit to the Smithsonian to watch his one-shouldered, intricately embroidered dress be inducted into the museum's collection.
Made in Midtown's journalism fellow Tom Vanderbilt offers a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world, and reveals how an industry inseparable from New York continues to thrive.
There are many reasons why Tony Singh would like to keep his factory at its current location on 39th Street. The last time he moved, more than a decade ago, it cost him roughly $75,000.
While her reach and influence are felt across the world, Sui's story began in the Garment District and continues there to the present day, as she chats in her lacquered black and purple studio.
"Fashion was always something I wanted to get into," says Shana Tabor, founder of the Brooklyn-based boutique In God We Trust, "but on my own terms." This is not mere bravado.
New York City is considering changing the zoning in the Garment District, the heart of American fashion. This decision would transform the industry and the neighborhood.
The Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit devoted to improving New York City's public realm, has partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create Made in Midtown.
Currently the City of New York is considering a proposal to change the zoning in the Garment District -- decisions that would transform the industry and the neighborhood.
Ramdat Harihar's ability to make specialized stitches for his designer clients, from Anna Sui to Zack Posen, is central to his survival amidst the declining ranks of apparel manufacturers in New York.